Category Archives: Environmental Issues

Sustainable production leads to success at Little River Farm

How many young farmers met their financial goals during their first year in business? Bob Payne and Camille Abdel-Nabi started their 3-acre farm with solid training and experience in organic growing, high energy and a good business plan. Bob has an … Continue reading

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Energy conservation opportunities in broiler & breeder poultry operations

Poultry operators may increase their profitability by lowering their energy expenses. Dennis Brothers, Extension poultry housing specialist with the National Poultry Technology Center (NPTC) of Auburn University, led a webinar on this topic called “Poultry Operations: Broiler and Breeder Energy Conservation … Continue reading

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The healthy, profitable business at Green Pastures Farm

Greg Judy runs a profitable, managed grazing operation at Green Pastures Farm. He uses pasture stockpiling so his livestock collect their own winter feed. Known by many as The Grass Whisperer, Judy manages his pastures for healthy soils, drought resistance … Continue reading

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Farm Energy Efficiency

Energy used for crops and livestock production comes in many forms: fuels, electricity and fertilizers. Energy heats water for washing crops and powers lighting for production and handling areas. Livestock, fruit and vegetable production may use energy for heating, ventilation … Continue reading

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Grass-fed livestock health and pasture management

A  field day for livestock producers was held at Windmist Farm in Jamestown, RI. Attendees learned about Best Management Practices for pasture and weed management as well as how to foster livestock health and minimize antibiotic use. Speakers included Dennis Thibeault, DVM of … Continue reading

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Cost-effective coolers for farms, breweries, wineries, florists, caterers, restaurants and grocery stores

Over 18,000 CoolBots use standard window air conditioners to turn super-insulated rooms into walk-in coolers. Farmers, florists, breweries, wineries, pubs, caterers, restaurants and grocery stores use CoolBots. CoolBot cooler systems cost less to install compared with conventional compressor-cooled walk-in refrigerators … Continue reading

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National Organic Seed Survey

The USDA National Organic Program announced their “National Organic Seed Survey,” held every five years. The USDA seeks feedback on certified crop producers’ perceptions on organic seed and their current seed usage. Certified organic crop producers are encouraged to take the survey. … Continue reading

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